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Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120Peter Hill (piano)

DKPCD 9084 – 53068908429

Peter Hill’s highly praised recording of Beethoven’s towering set of 33 variations based on a theme of Anton Diabelli. When first released the performance was noted for its intellectual approach and established Hill’s credentials as a fine interpreter of mainstream classical repertoire.

‘Deeply considered, freshly thought, and matchless in relating colour to structure’ CD Review

‘Peter Hill’s performance, backed by his long and interesting booklet essay, offers a questioning, exploratory view of the work, intellectually ‘fine… It is a reading that is strongest in moments of quiet musing’ Gramophone

Track Listing

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Grainger: Chosen Gems For Piano

Grainger: Chosen Gems For Piano

Grainger: Chosen Gems For PianoPenelope Thwaites (piano)

DKPCD 9127 – 053068912723

In advance of a forthcoming Heritage release in winter 2016 entitled The Complete Piano Music for Four Hands/Two Pianos, Unicorn is delighted to reissue Penelope Thwaites’ highly acclaimed selection of Grainger miniatures for solo piano.

‘Chosen Gems for Piano is the title of this collection, and the choosing has been shrewd… An excellent basic Grainger collection.’ Gramophone

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Danish Folk-song Suite
One More Day, My John
Knight & Shepherd’s Daughter
Near Woodstock Town
Country Gardens
The Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol
Shepherd’s Hey
To a Nordic Princess
Love at First Sight
Children’s March ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’
Bridal Lullaby
Handel in the Strand
Colonial Song
Nell op. 18 No. 1 (Fauré)
Paraphrase on Tchaikovsky’s Flower Waltz
Now, Oh Now I needs Must Part

GRIEG: Lyric Pieces Books 1-10 (complete)

Grieg: Lyric Pieces Books 1-10 (complete)

GRIEG: Lyric Pieces Books 1-10 (complete)Peter Katin (piano)

UKCD 2033/5 – 5060332661695

3 CDs

Grieg’s popular piano miniatures receive an extremely fine reading from the late Peter Katin. The recordings, which appeared in the 1990s, are typical of the artist’s Indian summer which focussed on the romantic repertoire with which he had close affinity.

‘playing of considerable insight and great sensitivity… Katin’s acutely sensitive, searching interpretations’ Gramophone

‘Peter Katin is a persuasive and sensitive exponent… a recording of exceptional presence and clarity. His performances are by far the most sensitive and idiomatic survey of the complete set.’ Penguin Guide

Track Listing
CD 1
Books 1- IV
62.56
 
CD 2
Books V- VII
70.26
 
CD 3
Books VIII – X
63.59

Emanuel Chabrier: Piano Music

Emanuel Chabrier: Piano Music

Emanuel Chabrier: Piano MusicKathryn Stott (piano)

DKPCD 9158 – 053068915823

Rarely performed in the concert hall, Chabrier’s solo piano oeuvre is unjustly neglected. Stott gives first class performances.

‘This is fun: the music is full of pleasing character, exuberance and memorable melodies, with Chabrier’s fondness for Spanish flavours much in evidence…. Kathryn Stott’s playing has delightful inner élan and bounciness – she sounds as if she’s enjoying every minute’ Jessica Duchen, BBC Music Magazine

Track Listing

1-10. Pieces Pittoresques
11. Impromptu
12. Aubade
13. Ballabile
14. Ronde Champetre
15. Feuillet d’album
16. Caprice
17-19. Trois valses romantiques

74.04

Olivier Messiaen: Catalogues d’oiseaux (complete); La Fauvette des Jardins; Petites Esquisses d’oiseaux

Olivier Messiaen: Catalogues d’oiseaux (complete); La Fauvette des Jardins; Petites Esquisses d’oiseaux

Olivier Messiaen: Catalogues d’oiseaux (complete); La Fauvette des Jardins; Petites Esquisses d’oiseauxPeter Hill (piano)

UKCD 300 – 5060332661626

3 CDs

Peter Hill’s benchmark 3 CD set of Messiaen’s Catalogues d’oiseaux. Recordings prepared in Paris with the composer.

‘Extraordinary music to splendid effect in utmost clarity’ Penguin Guide (Catalogues d’oiseaux)

‘One’s jaw drops at Hill’s agile dexterity’ Gramophone (Catalogues d’oiseaux)

‘This is one of Peter Hill’s great moments as a Messiaen interpreter, finely recorded as ever… sets an impressive seal on a most distinguished project.’ Gramophone (La Fauvette des Jardins)

‘beautiful technique, a true poet: I am a passionate admirer’ Olivier Messiaen

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CATALOGUES D’OISEAUX (1956-8)
 
CD 1
 
BOOK 1

  1. I Le Chocard des Alpes   
  2. II Le Loriot                         
  3. III Le Merle bleu                

BOOK 2

  1. IV Le Traquet stapazin     

BOOK 3

  1. V La Chouette hulotte       
  2. VI L’Alouette lulu              

Total time:  59.02
 
CD 2
 
BOOK 4

  1. VII La Rousserolle effarvatte  

BOOK 5

  1. VIII L’Alouette calandrelle           
  2. IX La Bouscarle                     

BOOK 6

  1. X Le Merle de roche              

Total time: 70.08
 
CD 3
 
BOOK 7

  1. XI La Buse variable    
  2. XII Le Traquet rieur       
  3. XIII Le Courlis cendré   
  1. LA FAUVETTE DES JARDINS

PETITES ESQUISSES D’OISEAUX

  1. Le Rouge-gorge
  2. Le Merle noir
  3. Le Rouge-gorge
  4. La Grive musicienne
  5. Le Rouge-gorge
  6. L’Alouette des champs

Total time: 77.06